2021/9/20  
Aircraft crew plead for ‘appropriate medical treatment’ amid widespread COVID suspicions (2021/09/14)
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    Aircraft crew plead for ‘appropriate medical treatment’ amid widespread COVID suspicions (2021/09/14)

    Concern is growing about the long-term effects of public health restrictions on aircraft crew. Pilots and cabin crew say they can’t get necessary medical treatments because of anxiety about COVID risks. Meanwhile, high-profile COVID cases have exacerbated widespread suspicion toward the flight industry. The plight of Taiwanese air crew is now attracting more and more international attention.

    A headline from British newspaper The Daily Telegraph: “‘People think pilots are murderers because we brought back the virus’: Taiwan’s COVID scapegoats.”

    Member of public
    It’s a little bit of an overgeneralization. I think it was just a single case. It doesn’t necessarily represent how all pilots behave.

    Member of public
    You can’t ignore people who are obeying the rules just because of one or two people. I think they should follow the same rules as travelers.

    A small number of pilots have broken rules and brought suspicion on their profession. Meanwhile, Taiwanese aircraft crews have been caught in an endless cycle of work and self-isolation for over a year. When they need medical care, they often suffer discrimination, leading unions to warn that crews’ frayed mental and physical health could pose a flight risk.

    Li Hsin-yen
    Taoyuan Pilots’ Union
    There was a crew member who fell from a staircase on a cargo aircraft. He was sent to a hospital here. They wouldn’t even give him an X-ray. They just gave him some painkillers. If it was just for a month or two maybe it wouldn’t be a big issue, but it’s been over 18 months now, since February 2020. We’re not asking for a lot. We just want somewhere to accept our aircraft crews for appropriate medical treatment.

    The predicament of Taiwan’s air crews has attracted international attention. The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations, which represents pilots from over 100 countries and territories, will discuss the quarantine measures imposed on Taiwanese crews and whether social pressures could cause a flight risk.

    Li Hsin-yen
    Taoyuan Pilots’ Union
    Other member states can see our issue is very difficult. They’re willing to publicize it in a meeting. They can offer guidance and advice to the International Civil Aviation Organization. Of course, they can offer appropriate recommendations to the Civil Aeronautics Administration and other government agencies too.

    Max
    Japanese pilots’ union
    The rule is very important. However, if the pilot union is requesting for a 14-day quarantine, the society and the government should accept.

    Incidents of infection, including the Novotel Hotel cluster, and the recent EVA Air delta case, have worried many. At the same time, aircraft crew have to live somehow: no easy equation to balance.
    中文 Chinese  
    輿論下成殺人凶手? 台灣機組人員成疫情替罪羔羊

    從諾富特飯店群聚、到近期的長榮機師兒子確診,機組員被輿論貼上"破口"標籤,連帶使得就醫和小孩受教權都受到影響。機師工會甚至說,有組員在貨機摔傷看診,醫院連X光都不敢照,只開了止痛藥。台灣的這個現象,也引起國際飛行員協會關注,這周將開會討論,台灣機組員面臨的問題。

    英國"每日電訊報",斗大標題寫:台灣社會認為機組員是殺人兇手,因為他們帶回病毒,成為台灣疫情的代罪羔羊。

    [[民眾]]
    “有點小小以偏概全,應該是單一個案,不一定可以代表所有機師的作為”

    [[民眾]]
    “不能因為一兩個人,就忽視其它的人,其它遵守規定的人,(但是)我覺得還是應該,要跟旅客一樣(檢疫規定)”

    少數的害群之馬,讓機師成為箭靶,機組員被貼上防疫破口的標籤,加上從疫情爆發以來,國籍航空組員陷入長達1年多的,居檢及派飛無限輪迴,就醫又頻頻遭到歧視,工會多次喊話組員身心飽受煎熬,恐怕會引發飛安問題。

    [[桃園市機師職業工會理事長 李信燕]]
    “有個組員,在飛機上,因為貨機從樓梯摔下來,送到醫院這邊,醫院連X光都不敢照,只讓他拿止痛藥,一個月,兩個月可能問題不大,但我們從去年二月到現在已經一年半以上,我們其實要求不高,只希望有個地方能夠讓機組員,接受這些妥善的醫療對待”

    台灣機組員面臨的問題,引發國際關注,在全球100多個國家及地區擁有成員的國際飛行員協會IFALPA,本周將開會針對台灣機組員檢疫措施,和社會氛圍會對飛安造成不良隱憂提出討論,期盼能找到解方。

    [[桃園市機師職業工會理事長 李信燕]]
    “其它的會員國看到我們的問題跟困難,願意在會議上幫我們揭櫫,他可以對國際民航組織提供指引跟建議,當然也可以給民航局,或政府機關適度的指引”

    [[日本飛行員協會代表 Max]]
    “遵守規則非常重要,然而,如果機師工會要求居檢滿14天(不能派飛),社會跟政府應該接受”

    從諾富特群聚事件,到長榮機師感染Delta病毒,讓不少人感到憂心,但該如何在防疫和維持組員基本生活中取得平衡,成為一大難題。
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